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A Reflection on the Field of K-12 Competency-Based Education and Emerging Issues

September 2016. States, districts and schools across the United States are realizing the shortcomings of the traditional seat-time based K-12 system and demanding more for their students. As a result, many leaders and practitioners are making the shift to competency-based education and designing new, personalized learning opportunities to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers. As…


Student-Centered Learning: Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning

May 2016. Learn more about this research in our archived webinar on this report. This paper illustrates the technical requirements and functionalities that learning management systems need to shift toward student-centered instructional models. This comprehensive framework will help districts and schools determine what systems to use and integrate as they being their journey toward student-centered learning, as well as how…


What Is Competency-Based Education?

April 2016. Competency education, an educator-led reform, is taking root in schools and districts across the country. The concept behind competency education is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery of learning targets, rather than the number of hours spent in a classroom. By redesigning the education system around actual student learning, we will effectively…


Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016. This paper explores how an Alaskan school district shifted from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, competency-based system, embedded in the culture of the community, which led to increased student achievement. Chugach School District (CSD) first implemented competency education over twenty years ago, paving the way in developing a system founded on student…


Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. This paper describes effective district implementation strategies to convert traditional, one-size-fits-all models of education into more personalized, competency-based learning environments to meet students’ needs. This paper highlights strategies to engage, motivate, and teach all students to proficiency and mastery; depicts shifts in instruction toward deeper learning and meaningful assessments for learning; while exploring models of distributed…


CompetencyWorks: Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

June 2015. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, iNACOL hosted a Leadership Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed their recently co-authored CompetencyWorks report titled, Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts. In May 2014, twenty-three technical assistance providers convened to discuss the implementation of…


CompetencyWorks—Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

June 2015. On Thursday, June 25, iNACOL hosted a Special Edition Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discussed the recent CompetencyWorks report titled, Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders. Over the past five years, Chris visited competency-based schools and districts throughout the country…


An Introduction to Competency-Based Education

April 2015. On Friday, April 3, iNACOL hosted a Special Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Sandra Dop of the Iowa Department of Education. The concept is simple: learning is best measured by students demonstrating mastery, rather than how much time is spent in a classroom. Competency-based education is a fundamental shift toward…


Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts

March 2015. This report includes information on implementing blended, competency-based education. It discusses the implications of personalized learning as a main pillar of school design, structured around ensuring equity and quality. To assist school and district leaders in their efforts, the report emphasizes five fundamental conditions that are required to shift to personalized learning models: Leadership: Updating the…


Laying the Foundation for Competency Education: A Policy Guide for the Next Generation Educator Workforce

October 2014. This report provides an overview of how competency-based learning can provide the skills and training necessary to develop a next generation workforce. The paper discusses the new skills that educators will need, policy shifts that will need to occur, pre-service and credentialing, professional development, and evaluation. They provide case studies, including Western Governors University Teachers…